The city’s annual observance of Fair Housing Month will commence Wednesday, April 11, when Mayor Allen Joines reads a proclamation at noon at the office of the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors, 195 Executive Park Blvd., Winston-Salem.
Fair Housing Month promotes the federal Fair Housing Act and its laws against housing discrimination. 2012 marks the 44th anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968. The theme for this year’s Fair Housing Month is “Creating Equal Opportunity in Every Community.”
Winston-Salem has a fair housing ordinance that mirrors the Fair Housing Act. The Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission and Human Relations Department are responsible for enforcing fair housing laws locally to ensure fair and equal housing access and treatment for all people regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, family status, or religion.
Also during Fair Housing Month, the annual Fair and Affordable Housing Summit for housing professionals will be held Thursday, April 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the LJVM Coliseum, 2825 University Parkway. This year’s summit will be accompanied by a pre-session titled “Housing Solutions for Housing Matters” and will be presented by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Forsyth County Inc. in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
In addition, “The Other Side,” a drama examining housing and race discrimination before the civil-rights era, will be shown during April on WSTV 13, the government channel on Time Warner Cable (channel 13) in Forsyth County. A fair housing public service announcement will also air on select cable channels.
The department will be providing fair housing training at City Hall, 101 N. Main Street, on Wednesday, April 11, at 10 a.m. and at Salem College for current students. Fair housing and landlord/tenant rights training is available at request to local organizations and schools.
For more information about Fair Housing Month and the Human Relations Department, call CityLink 311.